Thursday, January 28, 2010

OverDrive Training On Patron Assistance in February

OverDrive Training on Patron Assistance in February

OverDrive is offering free training on Patron Assistance in February. These sessions are open to all OverDrive customers in the country, not just Wisconsin. Training is done online. Note the links below to register for a session.

Course Description: We'll help take your understanding of OverDrive download media to the next level so you can share your knowledge through support and training. We'll review frequently asked questions, support tips, and online help resources.

Session #1: Wednesday, February 10th at 10:00 AM Central Time
Register here:

Session #2: Thursday, February 18th at 2:00 PM Central Time
Register here:

Library Laws for the Web Environment - The Mobile User - WEBINAR

Library Laws for the Web Environment - The Mobile User

Are your patrons taking photos and short videos with their cell phones of the library?  Of children in the library?  Do they need permission, and if so, when?  What copyright, privacy and other concerns you should address?  What do you do when you see a patron accessing child pornography, obscenity or other disturbing sites on their cell phones or netbooks?  Are patrons tagging your content, at your website or on the librayr's Flickr page?  Can you remove inaccurate tags?  Offensive tags?  What disability access is legally required in this new environment?

These are just some of the legal issues facing libraries when working in the mobile environment.  Those attending this webinar will receive:
  • sample language for library signs regarding photography and videography
  • guidance on when users need permission to post videos or pictures of library patrons
  • an update on legal status of porn in the library - on the users' own devices
  • information on what accessibility of library websites is required by law for people with disabilities
This one-hour webinar will be of interest to library managers, anyone who works public service, those who create content for library social networking sites, and those looking for guidance regarding a variety of situations facing libraries using the mobile web and social networking.

Speaker: Mary Minow. Mary is an attorney, consultant, and a former librarian and library trustee. She edits the Stanford Copyright & Fair Use site ( She teaches digital copyright at San Jose State School of Library Science and at Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science. She is a past President of the California Association of Library Trustees and Commissioners.
She is the first recipient of the California Library Association's Zoia Horn Intellectual Freedom Award, given in 2004.

If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day following the webinar. Check our archive listing at:

Here is the information on how your can attend this webinar:
Date: Thursday, February 18, 2010
Time: 12pm – 1:00 pm Pacific Standard Time

For more information and to participate go to:

Dealing with Information Overload - Recorded!

Dealing with Information Overload - The Recording
Are you sorry that you missed our webinar with Sarah Houghton-Jan?  Well here is your chance to watch the BlipTV recording and enjoy her powerpoint presentation.

Here is a recording of her program on BlipTV:

Here is the powerpoint presentation from Scribd:


Monday, January 25, 2010

Staying Current and Dealing with Information Overload WEBINAR

Staying Current and Dealing with Information Overload (Webinar)

Wednesday, January 27, 2010; 1 -2:30 pm
Presented by: Sarah Houghton-Jan, San Jose Public Library (CA)

Sarah is one of the movers and shakers when it comes to libraries and technology!  In the past, she has given excellent presentations on web tools and other technology issues.  This webinar should not disappoint!  She will share her methods for staying current with technology while not becoming overwhelmed.

This is one you won't want to miss!   Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

(Sponsored by the Nicolet Federated Library System and the Wisconsin Valley Library Service)

Friday, January 22, 2010

WVLS Professional Collection Titles Added

In the past few months, WVLS has added 17 new titles published by ALA and by Neal-Schuman to its professional collection. The topics covered range from storytimes to teen services, from reader's advisory to reference interviewing, from training staff to managing technology, and from trustee education to surviving a building project. Please take a look at the attached PDF document which provides titles and further information about each of the new selections.

Most of these titles may be found on V-Cat and are available for loan through your regular channels. A couple of the titles will be available once published in early 2010.

To view a complete list:


Wisconsin Library Legislative Day - February 16, 2010

Library Legislative Day - February 16, 2010 (7:45 AM)
Best Western Inn on the Park
22 N. Carroll Street
Madison, WI 

Keynote speakers:  State Superintendent Tony Evers and State Representative Penny Bernard Schaber

Learn about library related legislative issues and help Wisconsin libraries serve the state better.

WLA's legislative agenda is set annually by the WLA Board of Directors based upon recommendations from the Library Development and Legislation Committee (LD&L). WLA works closely with the Wisconsin Educational Media & Technology Association on issues concerning school libraries. We also support the work of the American Library Association by appointing a Federal Legislative Advocate to monitor and communicate about those issues.

If you have any questions or concerns about the WLA's legislative program, please contact Lisa Strand, WLA Executive Director.

WVLS is organizing a bus for LLD: Are you planning to attend WLA’s Library Legislative Day on Tuesday, Feb. 16th? If so, how would you like to make the trip to Madison with WVLS staff and trustees? If there is enough interest, WVLS will once again secure a bus for the event. Tentatively, the bus would leave Wausau on Monday afternoon, Feb. 15th at 4:00 p.m. and return on Tuesday afternoon, Feb 16th at 4:30 p.m. The cost will depend on how many people travel on the bus, but should be considerably less than if people travelled separately. Please contact Susie Hafemeister by Friday, January 29, ( ; 715.261.7250) to reserve a seat on the bus.

For more:

CPSC Report to Congress Recommends CPSIA Exclusion for Books

This article originally appeared in PW's Children's Bookshelf. By Karen Raugust -- Publishers Weekly, 1/21/2010 1:00:00 PM

On January 15, the Consumer Product Safety Commission responded to a directive from Congress to deliver a report outlining what it sees as the problems with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act and offering suggestions for revisions. As reported earlier, the request was part of last year’s Consolidated Appropriations Act.

The report acknowledges, among several other points, the challenges faced by libraries and used booksellers under the Act. “While most modern publishers can comply with the law with regard to the books they are printing today, the Commission has tested older books and found books printed in the 1970s and earlier that exceed the lead limits,” the Commission writes. “The retroactive applicability of the lead limits [in the Act] creates problems for libraries and used book stores because some older books were printed with inks containing lead in excess of the new lead content limits.”

In the report, the Commission also concurs, in part, with the publishing industry’s contention that “ordinary”—not book-plus or novelty—books should be exempt. It notes that it has provided some relief for publishers and sellers of newer ordinary children’s books, but not those printed before 1985. “In order to address this issue,” the report says, “Congress may, with some limitations, choose to consider granting an exclusion for ordinary children’s books and other children’s paper-based printed materials.”

The report may lead Congress to amend the law or allow the Commission more discretion in interpreting it. For more on the CPSIA and how it affects the publishing industry, see our recent year-in-review story.

Publisher's Weekly earlier report can be found at:

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Introducing Delicious - Access and Share Your Bookmarks

Tech & Learning provided this Delicious video tutorial on how Delicious can help you access, add, and share bookmarks from any computer. 

Watch this video for more information:

(Tech & Learning, January 18,2010)

Monday, January 18, 2010

2010 Newbery and Caldecott Medal Awards Announced

Rebecca Stead has won the 2010 Newbery Medal for When You Reach Me (Random/Wendy Lamb). Jerry Pinkney has won the 2010 Randolph Caldecott Medal for The Lion & the Mouse (Little, Brown). And Libba Bray has won the 2010 Michael L. Printz Award for Going Bovine (Delacorte). The awards were announced this morning at the American Library Association’s midwinter conference in Boston.

For the complete article found at Publisher's Weekly go to:

Saturday, January 16, 2010

2010 Children's Book Fest in Rhinelander

Twenty-third Annual Children’s Book Fest Scheduled for March 9 and 10, 2010

Northern Wisconsin librarians, teachers, parents and members of the general public who are interested in learning about the best books for young people are invited to attend Children’s Book Fest 2010, a two day conference held at the Rhinelander Quality Inn on March 9 and 10.

Children’s literature specialists from the nationally acclaimed Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) in Madison, Wisconsin will discuss books for children and young adults at an evening presentation on Tuesday, March 9 as well as at a day presentation on Wednesday, March 10. Both sessions will include a CCBC exhibit of the best books from the year 2009 for young readers.

Each year librarians from the CCBC publish CCBC CHOICES, an annual list of CCBC-recommended books for children and teens. Book Fest participants will receive a free copy of the CCBC CHOICES booklet as part of their registration package.

Complete registration information about Children’s Book Fest may be obtained at the Rhinelander District Library Children’s Department or can be downloaded from the library’s web site All registrations must be received no later than March 5. Telephone inquiries for the Wednesday presentation may be made to Tom Hurlburt at (365-1073) More information about the Tuesday presentation is available from Headwaters Reading Council members Joan Belongia Mode (362-5111) day or Colleen Konicek (873-4879) evenings

Registration Flyer for Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Local supporters of Children’s Book Fest include Brown Street Books, Ripco Credit Union, and Wisconsin Public Service. Additional assistance is received from the Indianhead Federated Library System, Northern Waters Library Service and Wisconsin Valley Library Service

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

2010 Books for Children Grants

"2010 Books for Children" Grants

The Libri Foundation is currently accepting applications for its "2010 BOOKS FOR CHILDREN"  grants.

The Libri Foundation is a nationwide non-profit organization which donates new, quality, hardcover children's books to small, rural public libraries throughout the United States. Since October 1990, the Foundation has donated over $4,000,000 worth of new children’s books to
more than 2,500 libraries in 49 states, including Alaska and Hawaii.

In order to encourage and reward local support of libraries, The LibriFoundation will match any amount of money raised by your local sponsors from $50 to $350 on a 2-to-1 ratio. Thus, a library can receive up to $1,050 worth of new children's books. After a library receives a grant,
local sponsors (such as formal or informal Friends groups, civic or social organizations, local businesses, etc.) have four months, or longer if necessary, to raise their matching funds.

The librarian of each participating library selects the books her library will receive from a booklist provided by the Foundation. The 700-plus fiction and nonfiction titles on the booklist reflect the very best of children's literature published primarily in the last three years. These titles, which are for children ages 12 and under, are award-winners or have received starred reviews in library, literary, or education journals.The booklist also includes a selection of classic children’s titles.

Libraries are qualified on an individual basis. In general, county libraries should serve a population under 16,000 and town libraries should serve a population under 10,000 (usually under 5,000). Libraries should be in a rural area, have a limited operating budget, and an
active children's department.

Please note: Rural is usually considered to be at least 30 miles from a city with a population over 40,000. Town libraries with total operating budgets over $150,000 and county libraries with total operating budgets over $350,000 are rarely given grants.

Applications are accepted from independent libraries as well as libraries which are part of a county, regional, or cooperative library system.

A school library may apply only if it also serves as the public library (i.e. it is open to the everyone in the community, has some summer hours, and there is no public library in town).

A branch library may apply if the community it is in meets the definition of rural. If the branch library receives its funding from its parent institution, then the parent institution’s total operating
budget, not just the branch library’s total operating budget, must meet the budget guidelines.

Previous BOOKS FOR CHILDREN grant recipients are eligible to apply for another grant three years after the receipt of their last grant. Libraries that do not fulfill all grant requirements, including the final report, may not apply for another grant.

Application deadlines for 2010 are: (postmarked by) January 23rd (extended), April 15th, and August 15th. Grants are awarded January 31st, April 30th, and August 31st.

Application guidelines and forms may be downloaded from the Foundation's website at:

For more information about The Libri Foundation or its Books for Children program, please contact Ms. Barbara J. McKillip, President, The Libri Foundation, PO Box 10246, Eugene, OR 97440. 541-747-9655  (phone); 541-747-4348 (fax); (email). Normal
office hours are: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pacific Time.